Western Meadowlark - a favourite gaping bird

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Project by Roman Hrytsak posted 1255 days ago 1519 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I started carving some 20 years ago my first bird was a Meadowlark. All I had for carving equipment was a small inexpensive Dremel tool and a scant supply of carving bits along a lot of enthusiasm! It was a 12 hour course and my class was full of professionals. Talk about the intimidation! But I stuck with it and had the bird carved and project completed in the four nights given to me. The original is on my piano and has been claimed by my eldest son when I am gone.
The bird shown on the cedar fencepost is my most recent rendition and this one has moved to a client’s home.

This past week saw the arrival of bald eagles from the south. Their stay here is short as they are on their way to Alaska! In another six weeks we shall hear the song of Spring – the Meadowlark will have arrived!

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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#1 posted 1255 days ago

Thanks for sharing, I needed the spring time boost your meadowlark gave me!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 1255 days ago

Very nice – and the timing is great.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#3 posted 1255 days ago

Thanks for sharing the story of your first carving class. From the pictures of the Meadowlark, it appears you have become a true professional carver yourself. Great looking project. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#4 posted 1255 days ago

It’s look’s so real, very nice
Thank’s for sharing.

-- polecat, south alabama

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#5 posted 1255 days ago

very nice indeed Roman, you add realism to your pieces :))
of course, reminding the Northern Hem’ boys of springtime is the reverse to us Southerners

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 1255 days ago

That’s a beauty!!

I really love your fence post base and barb wire, really cool….....................


-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 1255 days ago

Great carving of my favorite bird, the western meadowlark. They have such a beautiful song and you can hear them from a half mile away while driving at 80 mph. Welcome back spring.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#8 posted 1255 days ago


Great carving! Great painting! Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 1255 days ago

Best Wishes

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#10 posted 1255 days ago

All I can say is WOW! Great workmanship and beautiful!

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#11 posted 1255 days ago

That piece is simply BEAUTIFUL! Nice job. Love all of your pieces. Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#12 posted 1254 days ago

Amazing carving it looks like it could fly away at anytime fantastic detail a real work of art.

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 1254 days ago

Thanks for all the nice comments! If you have to choose a bird to carve, do a Western Meadowlark (Eastern Meadowlark is just as beautiful with a slight colour variation to western counterpart), and if you can’t carve, .... just listen to it’s song!!!

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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#14 posted 1254 days ago

Just fantastic work Roman. If I could make something as good I don’t think I could sell it. What a great collection bird carvings of this quality would make.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Roman Hrytsak

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#15 posted 1254 days ago

Thanks for the comment Mike. Whenever I sell a piece, a part of me goes with it and privately, I shed a tear.

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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